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Sherry L. Davis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/4/2007
 

Viewing images on monitors


I have on of those thin monitors, and the pictures look normal from sitting in my chair, but in other angles, they are either under or overexposed. How do I know what they are actually showing to everyone else as? I am submitting these images, and I am not sure if they are actually being entered like I see them from my computer chair, or when I see them from an angle under, above or to the side of the monitor. Thanks! Sherry


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3/26/2007 11:22:43 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Your pictures are more-or-less properly exposed. These monitors are generally too bright, so you should calibrate it. For my viewsonic display, when I tilt the screen back a little (so I'm viewing it from a little below), it gets darker and matches pretty closely to the "standard".


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3/26/2007 1:15:51 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2005
  Your pictures are more-or-less properly exposed. These monitors are generally too bright, so you should calibrate it. For my viewsonic display, when I tilt the screen back a little (so I'm viewing it from a little below), it gets darker and matches pretty closely to the "standard".


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3/26/2007 1:15:54 PM

 
Sherry L. Davis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/4/2007
  Thank you, Ariel. I really appriciate your taking the time to help. I had no idea what they were actually turning out like with these monitors! I will calibrate it! Thank you very much!


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3/26/2007 1:29:19 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  This is another "great debate" - on-going between users of CRT and LCD monitors for photo work. articles I've read give better ratings to CRTs.

I use an LCD - need the desk space. No trouble except for color calibration. DO NOT TRY TO USE ADOBE GAMMA, provided with Photoshop Elements or Photoshop itself. You might just screw up your IC Profile, as I did.

Jon Canfield, a contributor to BP and many photo magazines, recomended that I get a Huey. Got it for Christmas - a great find for about $75 at Adorama or B&H. You can spend more and get one of the variants of the Spyder. Can't comment on these as I don't own one, but there are threads that praise them like I praise my Huey. Both can/should be used with either a CRT or LCD monitor.


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3/26/2007 1:36:05 PM

 
Sherry L. Davis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/4/2007
  Thank you, John!! I will definately look into it! Thanks again for the advise!


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3/26/2007 1:40:52 PM

 
Matthew A. Bamberg   Keep the light even in the room or, even, use no light at all. Yes, calibrate your monitor, but most important before you submit, save your files with the Save for Web... option. This will give you color that is compatiable with the Internet.


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3/26/2007 3:36:02 PM

 
Alan N. Marcus   Hi Sherry,

Most likely you have a LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor. These monitors are best viewed straight-on. It is the nature of this technology that the image appears different from different angles. Each model will have unique lamination as to acceptable angle-of-view. The angle is the same left to right but not top to bottom. In any case the angle is quite narrow . Sorry, you canít do anything to expand this angle except purchase a monitor design known as a CRT (cathode ray tube) which has an expanded view angle.

Alan Marcus
ammarcus@earthlink.net


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3/26/2007 4:12:15 PM

 
Sherry L. Davis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/4/2007
  Thank you Alan. I understand. I have been looking at the monitor from above some, I will look straight on. Thank you! Sherry


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3/26/2007 5:00:35 PM

 
Sherry L. Davis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/4/2007
  Thank you Matthew! I didn't know about that. I knew my images didn't all look right. Thanks!


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3/26/2007 9:04:56 PM

 
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